Renowned violinist and vocalist, #Balabhaskar (Balabhasar Chandran Santhakumari) bid adieu to this world at the age of 40. The noted musician from Kerala was gravely hurt in a car crash last week near Thiruvananthapuram, passed away this morning at a hospital. Apparently, the driver, Arjun, who is also in the ICU battling for his life, had hit a tree after he lost control. The musician’s only daughter, the two year old Tejaswini, who was born after 15 years of their marriage lost her life last week, while his wife is still battling for her life.
According to hospital sources, the death happened at 1.00 AM, apparently after a cardiac arrest. The highly talented music composer has composed music for a Malayalam movie, when he was hardly 17. Lakshmi, Balabhaskar’s spouse and the driver are recuperating, according to hospital sources. Last week, when the musician and his family were returning in his car from Trishur after a temple darshan, for a thanksgiving prayer for their daughter, the driver lost control of the car and rammed it on a tree at 4.30 AM, as per police statement. Tejaswini was declared dead in hospital, while the reason for the crash was apparently due to the fact the driver had dosed off. After suffering multiple injuries, Balabhaskar underwent a surgery. His mortal remains will be kept for public viewing at Thiruvanathapuram College, his alma matter.
Renowned for his fusion music, Balabhaskar hails from a family of musicians. When he was just three year old, Balabhaskar got the hang of instrumental music, where his uncle and music laureate, B. Sasikumar introduced the young lad into the world of music. He had composed music for Malayalam films such as Mangalya Pallakku, Korappan The Great, Traveller, Ambulance etc.
People from all walks of life had condoled the death of Balabhaskar. Social media platforms such as Facebook is flooding with condolence messages from his fans. Actor-vocalist,Vineeth Sreenivasan tweeted: “Thank you for the advises you gave me Balu etta.. It’s really really hard to believe the news.. It was an honour knowing u, performing with u.. You were a genius.. your performances will always be remembered.. and ur smile will stay in people’s hearts.. RIP #Balabhaskar.”
Shankar Mahadevan, the renowned singer had tweeted, “Very sad. Very unfair! Just not able to come to terms with it. Our dearest #Balabhaskar has left us … deeply saddened.. a very sad day for music … our prayers are with the family.”